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Population decline at heart of staffing issues in Caithness and Sutherland

24 February 2024
Population decline at heart of staffing issues in Caithness and Sutherland

Population decline at heart of staffing issues in Caithness and Sutherland

24 February 2024

Business Focus by David Richardson


BUSINESS FOCUS: Working together is the key to ensuring a brighter economic future for all of us

21 January 2024
BUSINESS FOCUS: Working together is the key to ensuring a brighter economic future for all of us

BUSINESS FOCUS: Working together is the key to ensuring a brighter economic future for all of us

21 January 2024

This looks like being another tricky year for smaller businesses in Caithness and Sutherland, with the UK economy teetering on recession.


BUSINESS FOCUS: Whether 2023’s been tough or terrific, here’s one way to get 2024 off to a flying start

30 December 2023
BUSINESS FOCUS: Whether 2023’s been tough or terrific, here’s one way to get 2024 off to a flying start

BUSINESS FOCUS: Whether 2023’s been tough or terrific, here’s one way to get 2024 off to a flying start

30 December 2023

We all hope to start next year on a high, and here’s something that will help: enter our FSB UK Celebrating Small Business Awards.


BUSINESS FOCUS: Shop local to both protect and enhance local communities over the festive season

19 November 2023
BUSINESS FOCUS: Shop local to both protect and enhance local communities over the festive season

BUSINESS FOCUS: Shop local to both protect and enhance local communities over the festive season

19 November 2023

With Christmas coming I’m sticking to tradition and using this space to encourage everyone to shop locally. Boring? No! Keeping trade local is vital.


DAVID RICHARDSON: Business ambition will follow investment in Highland roads, rail and ferries

22 October 2023
DAVID RICHARDSON: Business ambition will follow investment in Highland roads, rail and ferries

DAVID RICHARDSON: Business ambition will follow investment in Highland roads, rail and ferries

22 October 2023

Business Comment by David Richardson, regional development manager at the Federation of Small Businesses


DAVID RICHARDSON: Highland businesses need support to grow our local economies

23 September 2023
DAVID RICHARDSON: Highland businesses need support to grow our local economies

DAVID RICHARDSON: Highland businesses need support to grow our local economies

23 September 2023

Business Comment by David Richardson, regional development manager at the Federation of Small Businesses


Impact of short-term lets changes hangs in the balance across the Highlands

18 August 2023
Impact of short-term lets changes hangs in the balance across the Highlands

Impact of short-term lets changes hangs in the balance across the Highlands

18 August 2023

Business Comment by David Richardson, regional development manager at the Federation of Small Businesses


DAVID RICHARDSON: High streets in Caithness and Sutherland are central to vibrant communities

22 July 2023
DAVID RICHARDSON: High streets in Caithness and Sutherland are central to vibrant communities

DAVID RICHARDSON: High streets in Caithness and Sutherland are central to vibrant communities

22 July 2023

Business Comment by David Richardson, regional development manager at the Federation of Small Businesses


David Richardson: Staffing crisis is having big impact on Highlands and Islands businesses

17 June 2023
David Richardson: Staffing crisis is having big impact on Highlands and Islands businesses

David Richardson: Staffing crisis is having big impact on Highlands and Islands businesses

17 June 2023

David Richardson, development manager for the Federation of Small Businesses in the Highlands and Islands, looks at the impact of staffing struggles


DAVID RICHARDSON: Spending pennies on the rest of the Highlands is vital for communities

19 May 2023
DAVID RICHARDSON: Spending pennies on the rest of the Highlands is vital for communities

DAVID RICHARDSON: Spending pennies on the rest of the Highlands is vital for communities

19 May 2023

Business Comment by David Richardson, regional development manager at the Federation of Small Businesses


DAVID RICHARDSON: New FSB report shows how support can help rural businesses grow

22 April 2023
DAVID RICHARDSON: New FSB report shows how support can help rural businesses grow

DAVID RICHARDSON: New FSB report shows how support can help rural businesses grow

22 April 2023

Business Comment by David Richardson, regional development manager at the Federation of Small Businesses


DAVID RICHARDSON: Time for Scottish Government to start listening to businesses across the Highlands and Islands

24 March 2023
DAVID RICHARDSON: Time for Scottish Government to start listening to businesses across the Highlands and Islands

DAVID RICHARDSON: Time for Scottish Government to start listening to businesses across the Highlands and Islands

24 March 2023

Business Comment by David Richardson, regional development manager at the Federation of Small Businesses


DAVID RICHARDSON: New First Minister should think again about proposed alcohol advertising curbs

25 February 2023
DAVID RICHARDSON: New First Minister should think again about proposed alcohol advertising curbs

DAVID RICHARDSON: New First Minister should think again about proposed alcohol advertising curbs

25 February 2023

Business Comment by David Richardson, regional development manager at the Federation of Small Businesses


DAVID RICHARDSON: Ripple effects of Cromarty Firth freeport status needed to help far north's fight for survival

26 January 2023
DAVID RICHARDSON: Ripple effects of Cromarty Firth freeport status needed to help far north's fight for survival

DAVID RICHARDSON: Ripple effects of Cromarty Firth freeport status needed to help far north's fight for survival

26 January 2023

Business Comment by David Richardson, regional development manager at the Federation of Small Businesses


DAVID RICHARDSON: After three years of struggle for businesses, it's time to make things easier

24 December 2022
DAVID RICHARDSON: After three years of struggle for businesses, it's time to make things easier

DAVID RICHARDSON: After three years of struggle for businesses, it's time to make things easier

24 December 2022

Business Comment by David Richardson, regional development manager at the Federation of Small Businesses


DAVID RICHARDSON: Helping businesses today is right way to grow the economy

28 October 2022
DAVID RICHARDSON: Helping businesses today is right way to grow the economy

DAVID RICHARDSON: Helping businesses today is right way to grow the economy

28 October 2022

Business Comment by David Richardson, regional development manager at the Federation of Small Businesses


Intervention needed on a number of fronts if businesses are to survive to thrive once more

22 September 2022
Intervention needed on a number of fronts if businesses are to survive to thrive once more

Intervention needed on a number of fronts if businesses are to survive to thrive once more

22 September 2022

BUSINESS COMMENT: David Richardson, development manager for the Highlands and Islands at the Federation of Small Businesses


DAVID RICHARDSON: Interest rate hike will hit businesses in Caithness and Sutherland as confidence sinks again

20 August 2022
DAVID RICHARDSON: Interest rate hike will hit businesses in Caithness and Sutherland as confidence sinks again

DAVID RICHARDSON: Interest rate hike will hit businesses in Caithness and Sutherland as confidence sinks again

20 August 2022

Business Comment by David Richardson


DAVID RICHARDSON: Cost of living crisis is now impacting on staycation bookings

17 June 2022
DAVID RICHARDSON: Cost of living crisis is now impacting on staycation bookings

DAVID RICHARDSON: Cost of living crisis is now impacting on staycation bookings

17 June 2022

David Richardson, of the Federation of Small Businesses, on the latest challenge to face the hospitality sector.


DAVID RICHARDSON: New council needs to learn businesses' needs

20 May 2022
DAVID RICHARDSON: New council needs to learn businesses' needs

DAVID RICHARDSON: New council needs to learn businesses' needs

20 May 2022

Business Comment by David Richardson, Highlands and Islands development manager, Federation of Small Businesses


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